Boston – 9/2/2015
Survive and advance. The FedEx Cup Playoffs are a testament to consistency. You don’t have to win every week, you just have to survive. Following last week’s event at The Barclays in New Jersey, the PGA Tour’s Top 100 players will take on TPC Boston. Known as the easiest of the Playoff courses, this week should hopefully provide a little more excitement than last week’s event where Jason Day simply ran away with the victory.
Boston is known for its crazed fans, Irish accents, clam chowder, and this week, lots of Birdies. Expect the scores to be low and aggressive play to be rewarded. Our caddies expect no less than a -17 or so to win this tournament and that could even be too high.
With that being said, we have compiled our list of players and give your our Caddie Predictions. As you can expect, we have some bombers on this list. TPC Boston is set up to reward putting and greens in regulation, but errand tee shots will not be nearly as punishable. So expect the big dogs to get off the porch this week and unleash some furry.
The dude is simply on fire. As long as he doesn’t go digging under his car for something and wrench his back, he will contend. Not since Jack, Arnold, and Player has the PGA had 3 studs battling for the “Best Player in the World” label, but we do now. With 4 wins this year and 3 in his last 4 events played, we would be out of our minds to select anyone else as our obvious choice. He is #3 in Driving Distance, #9 in Greens in Regulation, #2 Strokes Gained Putting and #1 in Birdies this year on tour and this course will be his for the taking.
Bubba Watson & Dustin Johnson
No reason to think these two guys won’t be able to take advantage of a course that rewards long drives. #1 and #2 in the world in Driving Distance this year, both Bubba and Dustin are clear favorites. The knock on these two may be around the greens but both or Top 5 on Tour in Birdie or Better %. Dustin will definitely need to improve on his 121st ranking in Greens in Regulation while both need are 50th or worse in Strokes Gained Putting. Either way, when you can hit it as far as these two, you have a chance. Bubba also has the advantage of having our boy Ted Scott on his bag this week, so that won’t hurt him at all.
Consistency: APTC Connection
Henrik Stenson (Gareth Lord), Robert Streb (Steve Catlin), and Jason Bohn (Mitch Knox)
If you want to talk consistency, these 3 are right up there with Jason Day. Stenson has finished T6, T25, and 2 his last 3 events and is currently #4 in the FedEx Rankings. With a win this week, he would fault into 1st place. He also owns this course recently with 5 of his last 8 rounds being below 67. Streb in his own right has finished Top 20 or better in 8 of his last 10 events played and finished T9 at this event last year. Bohn has put together a nice little run here with 4 Top 15’s in his last 5 events.
— Keegan Bradley (@Keegan_Bradley) August 27, 2015
If we are in Boston, we have to go with the local favorite. Expect the crowds to be loud and on Keegan’s side. Besides, he is coming off a rough week at The Barclays and he is fighting for his chance to play in next Playoff event.